The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of sablefish by non-CDQ vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, July 10, 2017, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary because the 2017 total allowable catch of non-CDQ trawl sablefish in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(d)(2).
NMFS is requiring that sablefish in this area caught by non-CDQ trawl vessels be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and be discarded at sea with a minimum of injury.
This information bulletin only provides notice of a fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with any requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.